Eagles Send Largest Team to Swimming State Tournament

The Eagles are hoping to make a splash in Canton when they take to the water during the state swimming competition on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23. CJ is sending its largest team ever to the competition, with 10 swimmers and an alternate qualifying for the tournament.

“We have four freshmen, a sophomore, junior and four seniors going,” shared head coach Kate Whistler. “I am so proud of this team, we have the best group of kids!”

Those representing CJ during the state competition and their state rankings prior to the tournament include:

Men's Team:

  • 200 Medley Relay – Mason Wilkson, Matthew Keaty, Jeff Labianco, Jorge Zelina (16th seed)
  • 200 Free – Jorge Zelina (10th seed)
  • 100 Free – Jorge Zelina (5th seed)
  • 400 Free Relay – Sebastian Gongora, Logan Brown, Matthew Keaty, Jorge Zelina (18th seed)

Women's Team:

  • 200 Medley Relay – Mackenzie Reid, Brianna Gracey, Lily Davis, Macleary Moran (15th seed)
  • 200 Free – Macleary Moran (3rd seed)
  • 500 Free – Macleary Moran (2nd seed)
  • 100 Back – Mackenzie Reid (16th seed)

Natalie Davis, who is an alternate in the girls’ relay race, is attending her first state competition.

“I am a four-year varsity swimmer and this feels great,” Davis said. “I’m really excited to go!”

Keaty, who is returning to state for a second year, shared the same excitement. In addition to going to state, the relay teams he is a part of set a new school swimming records this year.

“I hope we can get to the finals in both of the relays and we’re hoping to smash more records,” Keaty emphasized.

In total, six school swimming records were broken this year, including Moran breaking two of her own records from last season.

“We didn’t think we could surpass last year, and we have,” Whistler noted.

Good luck Eagles!

Posted February 21, 2018